- City worker awaits test results
While cleaning up a property belonging to Jeff Welch on Aug. 15, city worker Robert Dickey's hand was penetrated by a used hypodermic needle. Dickey has yet to get the results from his HIV, Hepatitis B and C tests and he will need to be tested again at six, 12 and 24 weeks. What the needle was used for will remain undetermined because Clay St. Vincent Hospital and the Brazil City Police Department have no procedure for testing needles.
Welch had received notices since February to clean up his property at 421 W. Compton. Dickey was stuck by the needle when he and six other city workers hauled away items such as dirty diapers, toilets, lawnmower parts, air conditioners and bathtubs from the residence with the assistance of a trash truck, a backhoe and two dumpsters. Welch has received a bill for $1,013.82 for the clean-up which he has 90 days to pay or a lien will be placed against his property.